Dis­abil­ity sup­port cen­tre gets mil­lions

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Westernopinion -

A NED­LANDS cen­tre has re­ceived $4.7 mil­lion in fund­ing for a dis­abil­ity equip­ment grants pro­gram and build­ing re­fur­bish­ment.

Dis­abil­ity Ser­vices Min­is­ter Stephen Daw­son made the pre­sen­ta­tion to­day at The Niche.

More than $2.4 mil­lion of the Lot­tery­west fund­ing will help the In­de­pen­dent Liv­ing Cen­tre WA (ILC) con­tinue their grants pro­gram, which pro­vides in­valu­able sup­port to in­di­vid­u­als with as­sis­tive equip­ment and tech­nol­ogy.

One of these re­cip­i­ents has been Robert Mcken­zie (75) who has para­ple­gia; af­ter driv­ing with mod­i­fied con­trols for nearly 50 years, trans­fer­ring from his wheel­chair to his car put stress on his up­per body, which meant he could no longer safely move into his car.

A grant en­abled Mr Mcken­zie to work with ILC to mod­ify a van.

“I can drive straight into where the driver’s seat was,” Mr Mcken­zie said. “It’s given me back my in­de­pen­dence.”

Mr Daw­son said the grants would help en­sure peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties could ac­cess re­sources to live the life they want.

“It’s fan­tas­tic to see such pos­i­tive ac­tiv­i­ties be­ing un­der­taken in our com­mu­nity by or­gan­i­sa­tions such as the ILC,” he said.

Dur­ing 2016-17, more than 740 grants were pro­vided to West Aus­tralians with a dis­abil­ity to ob­tain equip­ment.

A fur­ther $2.3 mil­lion in fund­ing was pre­sented to re­fur­bish The Niche, which houses the ILC, Neu­ro­log­i­cal Coun­cil of WA and Cys­tic Fi­bro­sis WA.

ILC chief ex­ec­u­tive Steve Glew said the grant would bring a con­tem­po­rary feel to the fa­cil­ity.

“Tech­nol­ogy will be in­cor­po­rated and up­graded to meet con­sumers’ needs, the ILC equip­ment dis­play area will be mod­ernised, and the con­sult space will bet­ter meet pri­vacy re­quire­ments,” he said.

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